A network of warm spaces for Eastleigh Borough residents who need them this autumn and winter has been coordinated by the Borough Council in partnership with a range of venues.
Libraries, community centres and other locations have signed the Council’s Warm Welcome charter to provide warm spaces for people who are struggling to keep their homes warm due to the cost-of-living crisis.
Warm Welcome venues provide different facilities and activities, and no registration or bookings are required by visitors.
The charter ensures that all Eastleigh Borough venues under the scheme will treat visitors equally with dignity and respect, and provide a safe space with signposting to assistance. No records of visitors will be made as to who they are or why they are using the space.
The project has been made possible through partnership working and discussion through the Eastleigh Welfare Agency Partnership, who are a group of authorities and organisations formed to support low-income households in the local area.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Tonia Craig, said: “With the rising cost-of-living putting pressures on vulnerable households’ ability to pay energy bills and keep their homes warm, we are working with borough venues who have kindly partnered with us to offer warm spaces. If you have a venue that you would like to put forward as a Warm Welcome space, please get in touch to sign the charter to be added our growing list.”
View the map and the charter agreement at www.eastleigh.gov.uk/warm-welcomes